Playing Time

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"Rondo needs a bump in minutes!"

"Pruitt’s ready for a mini-leap!"

"TA is finally healthy!"

"The Big Three still need there minutes!"

"House can play some 1 and some 2 but he needs to play!"

"Walker was a draft steal, coaches won’t be able to keep him off the floor!"

"O’bryant’s actually got some skills, he just needs some time!"

How many times have you witnessed or even uttered any of the above statements? All such ideas sound great in the offseason or taken in a vacuum, but what will happen once the season starts? And sure, we’d love to give Rondo, House, Pruitt, TA, and Walker all minutes, but someone has to play center, and someone has to sit. How will it shake out? I played around and wrote out one prediction for a possible division of minutes for the season laid out by position on the floor. Obviously, game to game circumstances would change some things. Some notes follow below. This is barring injury, of course.

       PG         SG          SF


Rondo 34 0 0 0 0 34
Ray 0 26 10 0 0 36
Pierce 0 0 36 0 0 36
Garnett 0 0 0 28 8 36
Perkins 0 0 0 0 26 26
Tony 0 18 2 0 0 20
House 10 4 0 0 0 14
Pruitt 4 0 0 0 0 4
Powe 0 0 0 20 0 20
Davis 0 0 0 0 10 10
O'bryant 0 0 0 0 4 4
Walker 0 0 0 0 0 0
Giddens 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cassell 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scal 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 48 48 48 48 48 240


Perk-His minutes have gone from 19 to 21 to 24, no reason to expect more of a bump than that, but I’d love it if he could get up to 30 without foul trouble.

Ray-Minutes down by 2 per game. He’s probably going to continue to slip a bit, let’s keep him a little fresher. Slides to the 3 when Pierce sits.

House-Splits time at Point and Shooting guard.

TA-Only have him playing 2 of his 20 minutes at SF. I hope he gets this much time and thrives in his role this year now that he’s healthy.

Powe-He needs more time. He’s incredibly effective when he’s in. I’d like to see him at the 4 for all of Garnett’s “Center” minutes, so that on offense Powe can do his work down low and KG can help cover his rear on D.

O’bryant-I Hope he earns this. I see his potential talents (size, shotblocking) as more important than Davis’s contributions, which are similar to Powe’s, but Powe is simply much more productive than Davis

Davis-Maybe he’ll be dealt in a 2 for 1 to help the minutes crunch at the 4 and the potential minutes questions at the 3, 5, and 1.

Rondo-Decent minutes jump, let’s hope he earns it.

Pruitt-Can’t see him earning much more than this, not yet. I hope he proves me wrong. May get some D-League time as well. Speaking of…

Walker/Giddens-Primarily in the D-League this year.

Cassell/Scal-Don’t see them suiting up regularly


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